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Segera Retreat

  • Jackie Caradonio

The Paddock House lounge at Kenya’s new Segera Retreat brims with artifacts—vintage hats and boots, timeworn leather trunks, unpublished letters from Ernest Hemingway and David Livingstone—of safaris past. But this resort-style lodge, which opened in March on the Laikipia Plateau, is setting a new standard for the modern-day safari.

The German entrepreneur and conservationist Jochen Zeitz purchased the 50,000-acre Segera estate in 2006 and partnered with the South Africa–based Wilderness Safaris to open its first camp in Kenya. The latest addition to the company’s top-tier Wilderness Collection (joining North Island in the Seychelles, Abu Camp in Botswana, and Odzala Camp in the Republic of the Congo), Segera comprises eight thatch-roofed villas, each with an observation deck and hot tub, nestled within an oasis of flowers, cacti, and manicured lawns.

Segera—which also includes a spa, a swimming pool, and a 2,500-bottle wine cellar—is decorated with more than 150 contemporary African artworks from Zeitz’s personal collection. The prime viewing, however, is found on the surrounding savanna, which is home to such endemic species as the reticulated giraffe and beisa oryx. Safari drives and game walks aside, some of the best sightings can be had on the Paddock House lawn, where herds of giraffes and elephants often congregate while guests enjoy sundowners on the deck. Segera Retreat, +27.11.807.1800, www.segera.com; available through Alluring Africa, 800.510.0059, www.alluringafrica.com

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